Six years after the original Frozen gave us Elsa, Anna and Let It Go, its sequel is cleaning up at the box office worldwide.
Fans of Frozen are showing no sign of letting go of the Disney phenomenon just yet, with millions heading to cinemas to see the sequel in its opening weekend.
Taking $350m (£272m) worldwide in its opening weekend, according to studio estimates, Frozen 2 has broken the record for the highest-grossing weekend ever for an animated film globally.The second chapter of the adventures of Elsa, Anna and Olaf is also the largest opening for any Walt Disney Animation Studios release.
The film has broken box office records in its opening weekend. Pic: Disney
The film brings back much of the talent behind the 2013 original, including the voices of Idina Menzel (Elsa), Kristen Bell (Anna) and Josh Gad (Olaf).This time, Elsa and Anna are heading north as they look to defeat evil forces, in a storyline that deals with some darker themes than the original.It comes six years after the release of the first film, a box office sensation which spawned a flurry of merchandising, a Broadway musical, two Oscar wins and one of the decade’s biggest earworms in Menzel’s Let it Go.
It remained in the top 10 at the box office for 17 weeks and made a total of $1.27bn (£986m).Gad said he realised how big the original had become two weeks after its release in November 2013.Theoriginal Frozen is the second-highest grossing animation of all time – only surpassed recently by this year’s reboot of The Lion King.